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Courses in Classical Civilization

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CLCIV 101. Classical Civilization I: The Ancient Greek World (in English).

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Sara Forsdyke (

Prerequisites & Distribution: No credit granted to those who have completed or are enrolled in Great Books 191 or 201. (4). (HU).

Foreign Lit

Credits: (4).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

Do these famous lines from Greek literature make you curious?

"My name is Nobody" Odysseus' verbal trick which helps him escape from the monstrous Cyclops in Homer's Odyssey.

"I would rather stand three times in the front lines of battle than give birth once" Medea in Euripides' tragedy Medea.

"It was a democracy in name, but in reality it was the rule of one man" the historian Thucydides, writing about Pericles' leadership of the Athenian democracy.

"The unexamined life is not worth living" Socrates in Plato's Apology.

Do you know the answers to these puzzling questions?

Why did the Athenian democracy put its most famous intellectual (Socrates) to death?

What would happen if the women of ancient Greece went on a sex strike?

What was the penalty for adultery in Ancient Athens?

Why did the Ancient Greeks develop the first democracies in history?

If these sayings and questions make you curious, then consider signing up for Classical Civilization 101: The Ancient Greek World. No previous knowledge is required. This course serves as an introduction to the literature, art and archaeology of this fascinating but paradoxical civilization. We will laugh with the ancient comedians and think with the ancient philosophers. We will also confront the contradictions of this complex society. For instance, we will examine why women were kept out of politics, but were featured so prominently in one of the most political forms of entertainment (drama). We will also ask how the Greeks reconciled their strong belief in freedom with their willingness to own slaves. There will be approximately 50 pages of reading per week, two short papers, a midterm and a final examination. Students who enroll in this course may also choose to take the companion course, Classical Civilization 102: The Ancient Roman World (offered in the Winter Term).

Check Times, Location, and Availability Cost: 3 Waitlist Code: 4

CLCIV 120. First-year Seminar in Classical Civilization (Humanities).

Section 001 The Trojan War: Archaeology of a Myth. Meets with History of Art 194.002.

Instructor(s): Susanne Ebbinghaus

Prerequisites & Distribution: Only first-year students, including those with sophomore standing, may pre-register for First-Year Seminars. All others need permission of instructor. (3). (HU).

First-Year Seminar, Foreign Lit

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

For almost three millennia, the story of the Trojan War has inspired countless writers, artists and politicians. Its heroes have become symbols of essential problems of humankind, and 'Trojan Horses' and 'Odysseys' common figures of speech. But was there a Trojan War? Did Achilles and Odysseus, Helen and Cassandra really exist? And who was Homer, the poet whose epics have immortalized the Trojan War? What relevance does the story have today? We will read parts of Homer's 'Iliad' and explore the ancient civilizations of Greece and modern-day Turkey in which the story may be set, meet the controversial figure of Heinrich Schliemann, first excavator of Troy, and look at some of the questions archaeology can (or cannot) answer. The second part of the seminar will focus on representations of the Trojan War in ancient Greek art, their relationship to literature and influence in later periods. The main emphasis will be on discussion in class, with short papers and projects (one involving ancient objects from the Kelsey Museum of Archaeology).

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CLCIV 372. Sports and Daily Life in Ancient Rome.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): David S Potter (

Prerequisites & Distribution: (4). (HU).

Foreign Lit

Credits: (4; 3 in the half-term).

Course Homepage:

The amphitheater full of gladiators, the circus full of chariots (with or without Charleton Heston) are among the most abiding images of Roman, and perhaps, any western culture. The Olympic games were as much a Roman institution as they were Greek indeed the Roman empire was the first great age of public entertainment. But what did it all mean? How is entertainment related to the interests of society as a whole? These are two of the questions that we will explore through a discussion of the place of Roman entertainment in Roman society. We will start by looking at the broad structures of Roman life, and then move through the diverse entertainments of the Romans from athletic events to the theater, from chariot racing to public execution, beast hunts, and gladiators. Readings include selections from ancient authors and from recent scholarship.

Textbooks are available at Shaman Drum, the Course packs (one of sources, one of modern readings) from Accu-Copy. The final grade will be the two hour exams, quizzes in section, homework assignments, and section participation.

Check Times, Location, and Availability Cost: 2 Waitlist Code: 4

CLCIV 388 / PHIL 388. History of Philosophy: Ancient.

Sections 003 and 004 ONLY may be elected to satisfy the Upper-Level Writing Requirement.

Instructor(s): Rachana Kamtekar (

Prerequisites & Distribution: One Philosophy Introduction. (4). (HU).

Upper-Level Writing Foreign Lit

Credits: (4; 2 in the half-term).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

See Philosophy 388.001.

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CLCIV 390(461). Greek Literature in English.

Section 001 Plato's Dialogues

Instructor(s): Sara L Rappe (

Prerequisites & Distribution: (3). (HU).

Upper-Level Writing Foreign Lit

Credits: (3; 2 in the half-term).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

In this course we will read the major dialogues, covering the entire span of Plato's philosophical career. Starting with the "early" Socratic works, we will move on to such masterpieces as the the Phaedo, Phaedrus, and Symposium, and then finish with several of the later dialogues, including Theaetetus and Parmenides. Topics include Plato's ethics, epistemology, and metaphysics, as well as issues of interpretation in both the ancient and modern world. We will spend some time looking at how contemporary theorists, such as Heidegger or Derrida, read Plato. There will be two papers, a midterm, and a take home final.

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CLCIV 481. The Classical Tradition.

Section 001 Formation of Christian Identity in the Roman Empire. Meets with Religion 380.001.

Instructor(s): Sabine G MacCormack (

Prerequisites & Distribution: Class. Civ. 101 or 102. (3). (Excl).

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

The course examines the role of the classical heritage in Western Europe and early modern America. Emphasis will be placed on the literary, political, and legal aspects of this heritage. In studying original texts relevant to these themes, students will be asked to consider different meanings of the concept "tradition" and of the cultural and political importance of collective memory. We will also take two or three meetings to visit the University Art Museum and the Kelsey Museum, both of which have holdings relevant to the course. Another visit will be to the rare book collection in the Graduate Library, by way of gaining some insight into the early modern propagation of classical texts and their translations. Students are requested to attend class having read, and being able to discuss assigned readings (which will be substantial but manageable). Work for the class will culminate in aresearch paper, to be submitted at the end of the semester, with draft versions being reviewed and discussed earlier. A mid term exam and a final exam will test basic knowledge and research skills related to the course.

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